Want to learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard? Get tips on skinning a bear? Try catching a halibut from a kayak? Educate yourself on how to buy the right firearm for self-defense? You’ll find it all, as well as the latest information on fishing, hunting and everything outdoors at the 2017 Great Alaska Sportsman Show, Thursday through Sunday in Anchorage.
The 34th annual Great Alaska Sportsman Show will be held March 30 to April 2. More than 400 vendor booths will pack Sullivan Arena and both sides of Ben Boeke Ice Arena for the state’s largest trade show. Attend free workshops and seminars, get the kids over to the Trout Pond, practice your skills at the Flycasting Pond, meet some of Alaska’s favorite raptors and take advantage of show-only specials on outdoor gear and services.
“We are pleased to say that the Sportsman Show is completely sold out again this year,” said Steve Shepherd, president of Aurora Productions, Inc. “We’ve re-configured some of the vendors who used to be in the outdoor tent and moved them inside Boeke Arena, added many new speakers to the seminar lineup and will continue using the parking lot for hands-on demonstrations and large toy displays. Ultimately, that means less walking and more to see for those attending the 2017 show.”
The Great Alaska Sportsman Show runs for four full days: Thursday, March 30th from 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday, March 31st from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 1st from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and, Sunday, April 2nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $11 ($10, plus $1 city tax) for adults, $3 for kids 2-12, free for kids under two and $6 for parking. A full show pass is available for $18, allowing you to come all four days of the show (must purchase on Thursday or Friday only).
Save the $6 parking fee by riding the free Shuttle Express, courtesy of Premier Alaska Tours. Buses start running at 3 pm on Thursday, 11 am on Friday and 9 am on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles run 60 minutes after the show closes each day from both Midtown Walmart (look for tent near Benson Blvd.) and Northway Mall (look for tent near Rock Wood Fired Kitchen.
Other features at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show include two days of seminars led by Fish and Game Biologists and others with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game on Stage 2. The Alaska Bird Treatment & Learning Center will have daily owl, raptor and bird demos. Fly fishers will want to practice and attend hands-on demos, and kids 12 and under have an opportunity to catch a fish for free in the Kid’s Fishing Pond. Look for Sasha Salmon walking the floor between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday, Smokey Bear from 12 noon to 2 pm on Saturday and Woodsy Owl from 12 noon to 2 pm on Sunday, courtesy of Chugach National Forest. Enter to win a free Blaze King Sirocco Woodstove from Alaska Fireplace & Accessories and Blaze King Industries.
Pick up the show program at the door for a map of vendor booths, a complete seminar schedule, informational articles and more. Learn more at www.greatalaskasportsmanshow.com.
Aurora Productions, Inc., in conjunction with Showcase Events, Inc., has been producing trade shows in Alaska since 1983. In addition to the Great Alaska Sportsman Show, the company organizes the Alaska Women’s Show and the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival.